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Testimonials of BS in Psychology Graduates from the Philippines

I. I.
◈ Studied BS in Psychology
◈ At Western Mindanao State University
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletWhy did I choose Psychology: Bachelor of Science major in Psychology was not really my choice when I graduated from High School. My first choice was to take up Accountancy since my favorite subject is Math. However, money was a big problem for my family and my family could only afford to send me to a Public University.

list bulletAbout my college education: When I first heard about Psychology, I thought of those abnormal people or should I say crazy people. Then, my interest with the course began to grow in time.

I learned that Psychology does not only deal with the abnormality but rather understanding every people - their mental functions and behavior. From the course, I also began to learn about myself and my surroundings. I understand more about why people are acting this way or conditioned this way and the stages of development of people and what makes a man who he is today. Because of Psychology, I began to observe people and the way they act. It did not only expand my knowledge in education but also changed my views and perspective personally. Every one is a good psychologist for me but when you learn to get to know Psychology, you will say that there is more to people that what we see. With the Psychology, it gives us a brief idea on how people are and how they were which makes them the man of today. Studying Psychology give you the ability to persuade people to get into you. It's like you can control situation. Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs and the iceberg theory were some of the best things I learn. It tells us that to get self-actualization, one must get her Physiological needs, then be safe, third needs to have love and belongingness, and then getting self-esteem. Iceberg theory tells us however that our unconscious level is the biggest part as compared to our conscious and pre-conscious level. Most of our bad memories are kept in our unconscious level. There are a lot more things that really interest me in Psychology.

Actually, our batch have the most numbers of Psychology students. The other batches when they get to enter their 3rd year, the sections lessen, however, with our batch, the number of sections remains the same. There were a few students who shifted their course because their main reason was they wanted to take up Nursing in the first place, however, they were NAT failures. Although I know that there a lot of my classmates who were NAT failures, they seem to like to course also and most of them graduated together with me. I also love when we had our research proposal.

All you need to have to succeed in this course is the heart to learn. It is not that hard. It is really interesting. It is not just learning but also understanding oneself and the people. When you get to understand yourself, it will be easy for you to understand ad help other people.

list bulletMy current job: I am currently working as a Secretary / HR in a recruitment firm. Actually my current work is a mixture of administrative, customer service, sales or marketing, and also being a Psychologist at time. Customers are the bread and butter of the business so giving them a proper approach which I learn in studying Psychology gives me the power to make them feel comfortable with our agency. We help our Filipino land a job here in Kuwait as a Household Service workers. The culture here in Kuwait is much different from that in the Philippines but went easy for me to get a long since I try to understand and meet the needs and expectations of our customers and also helping our kababayan while they are working here in Kuwait.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: There have been a lot of learning that I used in my current jobs. Since in my job, we are dealing with customers, I am aware of the proper approach that I would be handling. I am also more understanding to situations and to customer care.


list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After I graduated, I became a Volunteer Probation Aide and then landed a job right away in a recruitment firm in the Philippines. Since the salary was small, I went to look for another job as an Executive Secretary for the Vice President for Research and Extension. And I did not stay long and had landed a job here in Kuwait. There were a lot of jobs that I applied and was offered but I always choose the first one that comes because I also believe in faith in the Almighty God that what he had given will be for the good.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Psychology: Learning Psychology is really practical because we can get any jobs in many ways. Be it in the clinical, educational, clerical or administrative, sales and marketing and a lot more. This is the power of Psychology. Landing a job is not that hard. It can be clinical, administrative, education and even in sales and law. You can always use what you learn in any aspects. On sales, you will be able to deal with your customers and know what approach you are going to use. In education, you will be able to give the proper approach for a certain group of students, etc and etc.
Studying psychology helps you understand your working condition since there is a branch which is called Industrial Psychology. In dealing with abnormality like Pscyhopaths, it is most helpful which is learned in clinical Psychology. There are still a lot of branches which could help us in land a job easily.

Personally, like for those who are mothers, there is the branch of Child Psychology in which would help mothers understand their child more so that they could live a happy family life although I am not saying that it is 100 percent perfect but you get to know about the behavior of people that surrounds you.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: BS Psychology is a very interesting course. It does not give you the power to learn about people's behaviour but also understanding oneself. Psychology does not only intend to fix broken hearts and problems but it's guiding people to change their views and opening the eyes of people to reality. You are in control of situation and people when you get to understand people's behaviour and with that you have the power to control emotions. The most difficult to learn in this world is the human and his behaviour. So, think of having the ability to learn about human and the behaviour, you'll get to know that you seem to hold the answer and the world in you.
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M. M.
◈ Studied AB in Psychology (slightly different course)
◈ At Central Philippine University
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletAbout my college education: Having spent four years of my life in CPU is a great experience. I was guided and shaped to become an individual who wants to excel at my chosen field and who will strive hard to become that person I want to be.

I took up Bachelor of Arts major in Psychology mainly because I was interested on how people behave. I wanted to study and understand why people act on a certain degree and manner. Because I took Psychology as a course, it was important for me to have good interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. This means being able to stand my ground and defend my own opinions at the same time, respecting what others think. I had to have those skills in order to work well with my classmates and schoolmates. I have to be observant too and should analyze things first before making a conclusion on different aspects. My course also made me a well-rounded individual. This allowed me to meet people in all walks of life. And through this, I learned to adjust, to be patient and creative in dealing with them. I learned how to approach people in different moods and through their gestures or body language.

list bulletMy current job: I'm a Speech Pathology Assistant.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes. I do practice what I learned from the university. I apply the theories I learned and the way I deal with people. I work with special children and without my background about them, I would not know what to do.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Before graduation (about 3 weeks ahead), the job was already offered to me. So, I did not wait that long. A week after graduation, I started working.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Psychology: If you're a person who is patient enough to observe and analyze things or people, then this course is for you. For me, I find it interesting and at the same time fulfilling because you get to meet different people everyday. You get to talk to them and you get to help them through that. About the salary, this really depends on the company or school or the like that you are in and what kind of job you are doing. Psychology is a broad course. You can specialize in Clinical or in Human Resource and your compensation depends on the field you'll specialize in. But the important thing is, it's also stable.
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L. B.
◈ Studied BS in Psychology
◈ At University Of San Carlos
◈ Graduated 2002

list bulletAbout my college education: Psychology was kind of an "alien" course for me at first as I don't have any idea what will I become after I will graduate from this course however in the long run I was able to appreciate and loving it. It brought to a better perspective. Made me accept myself even better. Unknowingly, it further boost my self-confidence and my personality.

You got to have the hard work. More research. Loads of paper works. Less to no math but it requires you to think beyond the box thus you got to have the analytical skills for you to understand deeply the approaches and it's facets.

list bulletMy current job: Human Resource Officer (managerial position)

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, I am using what I have learned in school. Being a human resource practitioner I use almost all aspect of approaches from transactional analysis, psychometric, organizational development, training and development, research and group process.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took me 3 months before I landed on my first job. Its difficult at first since you don't have the experience yet however after I jumped to my next employers it's much easier since you carried with you vast experiences that makes you the best qualified applicant. Most of the time I get ample job offers even if I am already working.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Psychology: I highly recommend this course as it gives you varied employment opportunities from being a HR practitioner, guidance counselor, researcher, psychiatrist, psychometrician, doctor, teacher, speaker, consultant and the likes. It is a fulfilling career. You get to know different types of personality. Salary wise it is lucrative.
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G. D.
◈ Studied BS in Psychology
◈ At Pamantasan Ng Lungsod Ng Maynila
◈ Graduated 2017

list bulletWhy did I choose Psychology: At first, I took Psychology as a pre-Law, as I've wanted to become a lawyer, however life's not all sunshine and rainbows... So no, I'm not in law school...


list bulletAbout my college education: What I've learned:
To adjust.... (di kasi ang PLM ang mag aadjust, ikaw ang mag aadjust)
Go up and down the looooooooong stairways as the Pamantasan, during my time no longer had a working elevator...
To be resourceful (we make something out of nothing)
To pray (as ultimo mananalangin ka para pumasa lang)

Actually, my love for Psychology is fairly new, as I've started to take interest in it's practical applications when I was in my senior year (iba noh? 4th year na nagkainteres xD), pero ofcourse, better late than never :)

What are the traits required for passing the course:
PERSEVERANCE (humanda kang gumapang, at lumalim ang eyebags... TYAGA ang kailangan)


list bulletMy current job: Currently I am that person who Guides & Counsels

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Well, I was offered a job 1 week prior to my graduation

list bulletDo I recommend studying Psychology: As a graduate of the Pamantasan, I'd say that you won't be having a hard time applying, as the words "Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila" is eye candy for most recruiters :)

Salary, errr it depends on the setting, as Psychology Majors tend to be the jack of all trades, master of none so, here are my estimates for fresh grads

I/O Setting 17k + (non licensed)
Clinical Setting 15k +
SpEd Setting 15k +
Guidance Setting 15k +

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Mag baon ng tyaga, at pasensya, kasi ang trabaho natin ay problemahin ang problema ng iba
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A. A.
◈ Studied BS in Psychology
◈ At Saint Louis University
◈ Graduated 2000

list bulletAbout my college education: The BS in Psychology program at SLU can be perceived as both challenging yet quite fulfilling. As this is a Bachelor of Science course, one should expect to complete subjects that require research, descriptive and inferential statistics, and some laboratory work in medical and major subjects.

Although it is often perceived by the general public as a pre-medicine course, the subjects and immersion opportunities provided, are more apt for education and assessment/testing career prospects. Examples of on-the-job training that a BS Psych student at SLU will undergo would be:

• Student Counselor – Through the Guidance Center, all graduating college students are assigned to the university’s Laboratory Elementary and High Schools, as well as in various schools in provinces near Baguio City, to provide basic Guidance and Counseling Services.

• SLU College Entrance Exam (SLU-CEE) Proctor – students entering their senior year may apply as Exam Proctors who shall assist during the university’s entrance exam.

For one to fully benefit from and succeed in this course, one shall need to acquire the following skills and behaviors:

• Statistics and Analysis – A common misconception is that Psychology students do not often need to use their math skills. While the course does not require higher math skills, a critical requirement is one’s capability to perform statistical calculations and analysis. This skill is a must-have to be able to be successful in the research required for major subjects.

• Research and Documentation – Although students will be taught how to properly create research papers in their minor subjects, the output required of most, if not all, of the major courses in BS Psych are research papers and journals/diaries.

• Presentation and Facilitation Skills – Aside from having to present research findings, BS Psych students usually facilitate energizers, games, and other activities that would foster holistic development through teamwork, self-awareness, values formation, etc. This is similar to the experience of facilitating homeroom subjects for elementary and high school students.

• Interpersonal Skills – The BS Psychology course at SLU is a gateway to a plethora of social and career opportunities. Students must have the skills to communicate and relate with people from all walks of life and all ages to be successful in, at least one, of the many career paths that they can take following graduation from the course.

list bulletMy current job: Aside from being a Freelance Writing and Transcription Professional, I am currently a freelance Human Resources Consultant. I specialize in the following disciplines:

- Organizational Development
- Management and Leadership Development
- Instructional Design
- Training Delivery

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Most of the skills and knowledge that I picked up in college have been very helpful in my 13 years in the workforce:

• Like most people, I have a disliking for Mathematics. However, I found myself in a lot of situations involving statistical computation and analysis. This skill I picked up in college, has helped me be objective in making decisions. The data and analysis that I present to my potential and current clients, have also helped me get my proposals approved.

• My experience as a Student Counselor and deeper understanding of the human psyche has provided me with the foundation in conducting team-building sessions, focus-group discussions, executive coaching, and HR Training to audiences from all walks of life.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took me less than a month to acquire my first job as a Guidance Counselor for High School students.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Psychology: One major reason why I enrolled in BS Psychology was because of the employment opportunities it presented. Graduates of this course would find a lot of opportunities, locally and abroad, in:

- Human Resources
- Organizational Development/Industrial Psychology
- Education and Guidance & Counseling
- Clinical Psychology
- Law
- Medicine
- Management
- Research and Development
- Non-government Organization Work

Because of this range of choices, there are a lot of opportunities for BS Psychology graduates to find a career path that would be most fulfilling for them, depending on what they value and/or need most. This play of opportunities and choice makes studying BS Psychology at Saint Louis University a long-term investment.
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C. F.
◈ Studied BS in Psychology
◈ At San Sebastian College - Recoletos Manila
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose Psychology: I chose to study Psychology because I've always wanted to have a deeper sense of understanding on how we, humans, behave. I've always wanted to know how to deal and interact with people from all walks of life. I've always known that I will end up in a career wherein I'll be handling people with different personalities and I thought being able to study Psychology will help me understand them more and through that I may bring out the best in them.

list bulletAbout my college education: More than anything else, I believe, the best thing I've learned in this course is how to understand people and how to effectively deal with them. I've learned the Principles and Theories of Personality which helps me bring out the best in a person. I've learned that we are being motivated by a Hierarchy of Needs which varies depending on our experiences. I've come to a realization that the complex mind that we have can be broken down into simple and understandable concepts.

The most challenging subjects for me were Anatomy and Behavioral Statistics. Basically because it required a lot of memorization and computations.

The most useful thing I've learned in Psychology can be trimmed down to ABC. A=Affective or our emotions, B=Behavior or our actions, and C=Cognition or our thoughts. I am amazed on this ABC model which explains that our emotions, behavior, and actions are intertwined. Meaning one can affect the other. Yes it is true that our thoughts (brain) controls the whole system but it is also true that our emotions or our actions greatly affects how we think. To make it simple I've learned how to master my ABC, to be on top of it, in order for me to have a clear and efficient judgement on things.

The exams were difficult, especially those that required memorization. Many failed but I hats off to my batch mates because they never gave up and non of them shifted to other courses.

First of all a person who would take up Psychology must have a genuine interest in understanding how humans behave. There is a need for perseverance, determination, patience, and open-mindedness.

list bulletMy current job: I am a basketball coach in the high school, college, and semi-pro level.


list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I am dealing with 15-20 persons in every team I handle and having studied Psychology makes the job easier because by understanding them I can determine which type of approach to use in order to bring out the best in them. I can determine which areas of their personality I can tap in order to motivate them.

I may have not used everything I learned from the books but the training and the habits that math, science, English taught me made me a better person. Yes I don't do algebra and calculus with my job now but the analytical mind that math developed in me makes me effective and keeps me sharp. I don't compose essays and journals while coaching but knowing how to speak fluently and grammatically correct makes me an effective communicator. There are no biology or chemistry experiments no more but the scientific methods I learned helps me solve bigger problems in life.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I had the job even before I have finished my studies. Its an opportunity that I am really thankful for.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Psychology: There are a lot of employment opportunities especially now that the branches of Psychology are growing and the awareness on Mental Hygiene is developing. There are jobs in Schools, Company HR's, in Training and Development, in Clinical Psychology, in Sports Psychology, and a lot more.

Depending on the nature of the job but an entry level Psychology major may earn 15-20K and the more experienced ones can double or even triple the said amount.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Well I would tell you to pursue it and have no second thoughts about it. Studying Psychology changed my life in ways I never thought are possible. It widened my perspective and changed my views about life and relationships.
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V. V.
◈ Studied BS in Psychology
◈ At New Era University
◈ Graduated 2005

list bulletAbout my college education: My education was interesting because it was my choice, my passion, my interest because I want to learn the behaviors of people and learn how to solve them through the application of theories and experiments at the same time learning in the business or industrial setting. It is difficult because many are strict professors but with a kind-hearted person. Teachers failed students who are lazy and not studying. Enjoyable because you discover things and situations that you've never encounter as a student as they say first timer! Challenging! of course because you deal with real people's behavior, you may predict their decisions and at the same time look for your friends, bestpals, and loving partner in the future.

Required skilled as a student I should say you must be a wide reader, loves books, interpersonal skills, logical, English, hardwork, confidence, critical mindedness, "pakisama"and "madiskarte" meaning even if your not that intelligent you have the ways and means to pass the subjects.

list bulletMy current job: As of now I am a Paralegal in a private Law firm. My previous work are as HR Admin Assitant, Recruitment, Tourgide, Book Specialist.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes it is practical, I learned and apply it in my career. I used the strategies, theories, applications, experimentations, training, surveys, interviews, techniques, styles, research work in fields, and behavioral responses that gives me an edge to be with people whom I can trust with.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It was not hard to look for a job since my course can be in medical and industrial field. It took me 3 months to find a job and do also my part time business as freelance-tourguide, buy and sell, and research works.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Psychology: Yes! definitely I recommend this course for employment opportunities because of the wide scope of your skills and talents that's why many companies will look for you. As what I've said it can be your career and at the same time managing your own time and business. When you learn the right way you can demand your salary level and unlimited income because of your expertise and learnings.
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F. J.
◈ Studied BS in Psychology
◈ At Pamantasan Ng Lungsod Ng Maynila
◈ Graduated 2008

list bulletWhy did I choose Psychology: I chose to study BS Psychology because I love dealing with other people. I believe it's exciting to know about human behavior because we deal with it in our everyday life. Life is about relationships that's why it's good to know how to deal with people who have different personalities.

list bulletAbout my college education: BS Psychology for me is difficult and I don't think that there's an easy course because all of them requires hard work and dedication. Any student must take his/her studies seriously because it will have an important part in their lives. It was interesting for me because I love relating with other people. I want to understand why other people behave as they are and also to understand myself. In taking the course, you need to be patient because there are things that you need to read and also memorize. You need to have a desire to be with others because the course is about people and you will be exposed with them.

list bulletMy current job: I am working now as a Researcher which focuses on recruitment. My job is to find potential candidates for different positions in a company.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I can say that my college education helped me a lot in my life now. It taught me many things about the course that I took up which was BS Psychology. I was also able to strive to give your best especially on the difficult subjects that I need to really study in order to pass. Yes, it helped me in my job now by knowing how to deal with people. Each person has different personalities and there's different ways to treat them.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: In my case, I can say it took me just a little time. After graduation, I did not look for a job seriously right away, but when I started to focus on finding a job I was able to find one in a short period of time.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Psychology: I recommend BS Psychology to others if they want a job which is service oriented. The salary level that a person in this field is usually not high but it's rewarding if your heart is for it. If a person take BS Psychology it can lead to careers at the Office, which I am in now, Medicine, Counselling, Teaching etc.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: The advise that I can give to people who are considering studying BS Psychology is you have to really know if you like the course because if you like it like in other things no matter how difficult it maybe you will give your best.
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V. A.
◈ Studied BS in Psychology
◈ At St. Scholastica's College
◈ Graduated 1999

list bulletAbout my college education: A lot of people say that high school marks the best years of your life. Although I did have a couple of great friends in high school, it was in College that I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

St. Scholastica's College, Manila in the 1990's was an all-girl's school. As a Scholastican or Kulasa at the time, the male Scholastican was a rare breed - encountered only if you were taking up Fine Arts or Music, or in an organization that was of similar relevance.

I found it interesting being in St. Scholastica's College-Manila. In the middle of busy Manila side streets and two largely populated and hugely popular De La Salle institutions, it was a breath of fresh air, especially for a young lady who wanted to bloom, grow, and find her voice.

list bulletMy current job: I serve as Administrative support to an executive in another tertiary institution.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: With Psychology, you have the option to choose a career in business, law, medicine, or education because of the practical applications of the course.

It also helps in my daily dealings with different people/personalities, whether professional or personal.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Actually, I was already being asked to work even before I graduated, but I had requested that I be hired after graduation so that I could focus on my academic requirements.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Psychology: I would recommend this course only to those who have a passion for it. But I can honestly say that Psychology may lead to many paths, so you must choose wisely.
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R. M.
◈ Studied BS in Psychology
◈ At Trinity University Of Asia
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletAbout my college education: In taking my course it is very enjoyable and interesting because you'll know the techniques in handling different kinds of personalities and behaviours of an individual. It also requires logical skills inorder for you to solve the case of an individual; for instance if an individual had encountered traumatic experiences when he was still a child resulting for him to have PTSD. You get to know what techniques to apply and the treatment plan that will help him to surpassed his dreadful illness. Furthermore, inorder to correct his erroneous perception towards life.

list bulletMy current job: I am a former HR staff at Social Security System but I am reviewing now for my Real Estate Brokerage Board examination so I resigned.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, because I'm a generalist, I used to interview applicants and used eye to eye comtact method to know if the applicant is sincere with what they are sayimg. I also do test administration for instance giving them a test called Sack's Sentence Compeletion Test.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I graduated March 2012 and have a job on April.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Psychology: Definitely yes because emplyment wise, we are in demand nowadays. Imagine taking up this course will fit you anywhere, e.g. in schools you will become a guidance counselor. In industrial setting you'll become an HR staff and in clinical setting, you'll become a psychologist or an assistant physician.

When it comes to salary it's salary wise because even you're a fresh graduate you'll be paying 15K as your starting.
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S. N.
◈ Studied BS in Psychology
◈ At San Beda College
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Psychology: I was a lost high school student. I did well in terms of my studies and relationship with friends and family. But there was a problem, I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life in the near future. So what I did was, I thought of that ONE person I have always looked up to and that is my Mom. I have always admired her with everything that she have accomplished and said to myself, "I want to be just like her". So I took the same course as hers.

list bulletAbout my college education: In my course I have learned countless ways of analyzing, studying and examining human behaviour in my daily life. It is quite amazing how you can easily determine a person's character just by observing their actions and behaviors in their environment. Other than studying about the major parts of this course I also had to take minor subjects, which I actually had difficulty. Mostly in Theology. Being a Born Again student in a Catholic school had been difficult for me. Facing questions in which I do not know the answer to (having different beliefs). I even had an argument with one of my professors because of one specific detail in the bible that rather made me curious but had him believe that I was mocking his belief. But I was rather curious so we ended up having a debate which was quite nice because in an argument you always tend to learn something.

One of the, most useful thing I have learned, probably, is my persuasive skills. It is not something they teach you in my course actually but something you learn from within after a few years of studying. As you study the human behavior and relation of people, you tend to learn how to react and convince, and persuade. As long as you pay attention to their character you get to understand what they want. What they're weaknesses and strengths are and you can use that to your advantage.

Exams were never difficult for me. A lot of students though had a hard time studying but I never had the same experience. A lot of people fail but they try to get back up, some of those who never fought shifted courses but I was not that close with them. You know why I never had difficulties in my exams? Because I am surrounded with good friends who also sets good influence on me. No, we were not all good, perfect, never having fun type of person, no. You rarely see us holding a book. But during class hours, we listen tentatively. We pay attention to our professors and asks for questions when in need.

In able to succeed in this course you should know your priorities, know when to focus and when to have fun. You don't have to follow every rule. To study everyday? Or read? Or not go out? No. Because the human body needs rest at times. Im the type of person who studies when I need to study, and study it by heart. But when you have a free time, you go out with friend, and have fun. Because if you don't do it, you'll be missing on something. You'll be having perfect grades and perfect attendance without having to know the true meaning and value in life. You wouldn't know what would really matter. A person is not just smart by books but by reality as well. You can never survive real-life without applying yourself in it. I have a great family and friends who shower me with happiness and blessings and that alone inspires me to do well in school. The love of everyone around me pushes my heart, mind and soul to study and learn more and I think that the best key for succeeding in this course, finding the right inspiration. It may not be perfect, you may not be perfect at all time. But perfectly imperfect feeling is better than just being plain perfect. You never learn anything in perfection.

list bulletMy current job: I am an HR representative at Shell company. I work with Shell for the hiring, recruiting and training division of the company. We observe the flow of the business and sends feedbacks and review to the higher division.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Before I even graduated Shell company had already called me up for an interview. A month before my graduation, I have been receiving calls from them and now I am an official employee of Shell. It may have took me 7 interviews before being an official employee but it was worth the wait.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: My advice is to find that passion in life that will make you want to strive even more. A student can never be perfect in everyone's eyes. Do not let anybody bring you down. I have had successes and difficulties throughout this course but I never gave up. Find that passion. Find that strive. And with that, you will learn how to rise from the occasion and see that you can do it and no one can ever bring you down. Another advice is to serve as an inspiration. You see, a lot of students tend to think about themselves. How people see them as a smart, pretty, rich student but, really, it's not about that. It's how people sees you as an inspiration to them. Show them that you are someone to look up to, not someone who is hated. Yes, people will hate and hate. But you cant really do anything about this, instead, you can just laugh and silently prove to them that you're not just that. You're not just a party-goer, rich, know-it-all type of person, because you are not, and you should not be like
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P. D.
◈ Studied BS in Psychology
◈ At University Of Santo Tomas
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Psychology: I chose the degree BS Psychology because this program offers several opportunities and fields that one can pursue. You can opt to practice your Psychology degree in a human resource department of a company, pursue a career in clinical psychology (mental health facilities or SPED centers) or explore the educational field of psychology in guidance and counseling or special education. It could also be a pre-law or pre-medicine degree.

list bulletAbout my college education: For the BS Psychology program in UST, you'll have to endure the minor science subjects, such as zoology, inorganic, organic and biochemistry (and recently, physics). Those will be useful for those who are med aspirants, but if you're not one, it'll be a pain in the ass for you. The 3rd year of the BS Psychology program in UST is also considered as the hell year. Most of your subjects will be majors (so expect sleepless nights).

The enjoyable parts are quite many as well. We have Palarong Agham (cheerdance + several ball games and swimming), college week (several activities plus variety show), Psych week (specifically for Psych people which includes several activities as well), and many more. There are also several organizations that you can join. Also, it's fun to have Psych friends because we're a bit crazy (but nerds inside).

Most of the psych subjects are interesting, but I guess it is still about the interest of the person to the field that becomes the deal breaker of what's boring and what's not.

The psych community is quite diverse, that's why I think there are no particular traits or attitudes that one must possess to succeed in this field. Oh wait, it is important the you must know how to empathize and easily adapt to changes.

list bulletMy current job: I'm currently on my first year in medicine in PLM College of Medicine. (Yep, I opted to choose the hardest path.)

list bulletDo I recommend studying Psychology: BS Psychology is probably one of the best degrees that several universities offer. The are many paths that you could take after this degree (law, medicine or the several fields of psychology). There's always a fallback that's available, unlike other courses wherein you'll be forever trapped in a single field or career.

In terms of salary level, it's a bit lower as compared to other careers for the entry level in HR. There'll be licensure examination this October 2014 (it's the first Psychometrician and Psychologist examination), and I think that'll be a big game changer in the field of Psychology.
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A. F.
◈ Studied BS in Psychology
◈ At St. Paul University - Tuguegarao City
◈ Graduated 2005

list bulletAbout my college education: My experience was both great and challenging. My inherent interest in the course helped me survive the challenging times as well as the boring moments.

The course requires intrapersonal and interpersonal skills since you’ll be dealing with a lot of people during the duration of the course especially throughout the “on-the-job training” period. Communication skills is also necessary to be able to express your ideas well. As with any undertaking, perseverance and focus is essential in order to successfully finish your studies.

Through my college education, I learned a lot about human behavior thus it made me aware of the intricacies of the human mind and emotions. I learned to be firm with my values and principles in life but at the same time it helped open my mind to modern and progressive ideas.

list bulletMy current job: I now work as a Guidance Counselor at the St. Ferdinand College in Cabagan, Isabela

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I apply all the theories and principles which I learned in my university. It is useful and beneficial in my present work today. Like for example, the basic guidance counseling techniques that I learned way back in college was very useful every time I have a counselee. There were cases that some problems were experienced by two different counselees, different counseling techniques are to be used by each individual because a lot of things are to be considered like their personality, background, interest and hopes.

Also, in college we are taught to conduct growth session and seminars for different kind of audience like students, parents and teachers. It is now easy to perform the task because of the procedures which I've learned at St. Paul.

Almost in my everyday work, those techniques and skills I learned in my education was really helpful. Techniques in dealing with different kind of people, how you react and respond to the different attitudes of clientele; how to do the narrative reports of the counselees; how to begin a rapport with clients; how to administer, check, and evaluate different psychological tests; among others.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I got my job as Guidance Counselor right after college. I was only able to have a two-week break before I started with my first job.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Psychology: My work is interesting and challenging. It is also fulfilling and satisfying especially when you are able to help many students overcome issues that affect their daily life.

I highly recommend this course not only because it is fulfilling but also because of the various employment opportunities for a graduate of this course like guidance counselor for schools, career counselor, human resource officer, teacher/professor, administrative assistant, clerk, social worker, researcher, press relationship officer and other professions that require skills in interpersonal and intrapersonal relationship.

If you plan to extend your horizon on this field, you may study post graduate and become a Clinical Psychologist. Clinical psychologists assess, diagnose, and treat individuals suffering from mental or emotional illnesses. Most individual's in this area hold a Ph.D. or Psy.D., but there are some openings for those with a master's degree.
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I. G.
◈ Studied BS in Psychology
◈ At University Of San Agustin
◈ Graduated 2001

list bulletAbout my college education: The school schedule wasn't tight but my degree in Psychology was quite a challenge and fun too. I'd say you need to be perceptive and have analytical skills.

list bulletMy current job: Nursery teacher in the Netherlans

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I was able to use Math practically speaking, the confidence I have now and the discipline the I learned during my entire years in school apart form what I've learned at home made a difference. In life basically, all you need is common sense and perseverance. There are a lot of things that one learns in college but are not really able to apply these in the real world.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took a while. had I not started with part-time jobs, I wouldn't be where I am now.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Psychology: Yes I would, especially if one strives to work for a Human Resource Department, recruitment or maybe become a psychologist or psychiatrist by taking up a master's degree. It is fulfilling with a much better compensation not to mention the thrill of being able to read people's personality and behavior.
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M. K.
◈ Studied BS in Psychology
◈ At Centro Escolar University
◈ Graduated 2004

list bulletWhy did I choose Psychology: I chose the course because it is very interesting. It is always wonderful to understand the origin of ones behavior. It's always been something that piques my interest whenever it comes into a conversation, and by learning this, I could figure out why I am the way I am, same with friends and family. Understanding is resolving.

list bulletAbout my college education: I have learned how does a person behaves and the root of such characteristics. Many says we can read minds. It is a myth. That is not how Psychology works. The definition of human behavior varies from experience to another that could result into permanent traits whether good or bad. Human brain can detect, select these traits but it can always be changed. Basic example is being lazy or hard headed, annoying but we have the option to change... by determining the bad result of such actions/behavior.

Most difficult is Clinical Psychology. Simply you will be engage in research, program development and administration that would prevent and treat such mental dysfunction/illness. Useful things I learned in Psychology is to tell if a person is lying or not. Passing of exams was not hard at all.

The key traits and attitude to posses in order to succeed in psychology is the passion. Nothing is impossible if you put your heart to it. Always ask question because the answers are endless.

list bulletMy current job: My current job is in services. Providing resolution to reported problems.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 1 month.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Psychology: Yes, I would.
I studied 3 Applied Psychology (there are more than 3 though):
Educational - Guidance Counselor, Psychometric
Industrial/Organizational - HR personnel/admin
Clinical - Works in Mental Institutions

Salary is not that attractive but will surely fulfill your desire in reaching out to people in so many ways.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Like in choosing any courses you must know where you sink your self into. Do not go with flow or just because your friend took such you will also do the same. Being in this field is fun. You can apply psychology in your everyday life. Many suffer from anxiety and depression causing criminal acts, we can all prevent this by understanding the roots.
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K. D.
◈ Studied BS in Psychology
◈ At Miriam College
◈ Graduated 2008

list bulletAbout my college education: It was a very enriching experience to be honed by excellent professors in a small women's college. We were literally "pounded" by our professors in psychology in delivering excellent outputs in research, counseling, and psychological testing, which I think helped us graduates to be prepared with the demands of our future employers. As for other practical skills, we were taught to engage in meaningful discussions and forums in various social issues which I think helped us develop our communication and interpersonal skills.

list bulletMy current job: Researcher in a Guidance office.
I currently handle the research needs of the guidance department. It is expected of me that at the end of the school year, I should have developed and finished a research project that is geared towards understanding and addressing the needs of the students of that particular school year.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: As a researcher for a guidance department, I have utilized the skills taught by our professors since I need to be well-skilled in the areas of psychological testing and conducting research in order to produce worthy projects for our school. Also, our exposure in our practicum and in our mini-projects for each Psychology subject further developed our abilities to handle the demands of any career in Psychology.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 1 month. We were helped by our Guidance office since our contact details and resumes were forwarded to numerous companies during the job fairs and through our yahoo group.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Psychology: Psychology has unlimited career opportunities. Every institution has a Human Resource Department, wherein most of it's staff should be Psychology graduate. Every school has a Guidance Office, wherein the same qualification (psychology grad) is also expected.

Working in a field where you get to help people is a very fulfilling experience. You get to share your thoughts and insights with others who value your opinions. You also get to develop programs that promote the well being of the population that you serve (eg. HR = training programs for employees; SCHOOL = guidance periods for students, etc.).

As for the salary, truthfully speaking, ours cannot be directly compared with that of the salaries of graduates of technical courses (engineering, science courses, etc.). Although at first it may be not as high as you expect, gaining additional courses or getting higher degrees (MA or PhD) can increase your marketability for high salary careers in Psychology.
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D. K.
◈ Studied BS in Psychology
◈ At Colegio De San Juan De Letran
◈ Graduated 2007

list bulletWhy did I choose Psychology: I was very interested in observing how I respond to situations, and people's facial expressions and body language. Also, I had a test when I was in third year high school, administered by our Guidance Counselor, that measured our proficiency and interest in various subjects. I got highest in Psychology.

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned more than just the theories that are being studied in a Psychology classroom. I learned more about the various personalities of people, the possible causes associated with them, and how people treat situations, etc. This is also what I found most useful thing that I learned in Psychology because I can use it everyday, and I can deviate my way of thinking from what is conventional, and challenge what people already set as the norm.

Subjects/assignments that are most difficult are basically those that are math-related. If there's one thing I'm quite sure I'm weak at, that's math.

A lot of people shifted to another course but the problem is not with Psychology or the professors (although I find one particular professor who's not fit for teaching), the problem is with the mindset the students had when taking Psychology as a course. Psychology is for those who want to understand other people more and apply that knowledge in the "playing field" so to speak. Sadly, most Psychology students take it as a means of "stepping stone" for another course such as Medicine and Law, or worse, take it just because they can't think of any other course, and Psychology is the most available.

list bulletMy current job: I'm currently a document controller for an Italian-owned company based in the UAE.
I manage documents received from and to our department, which includes filing of printed client documents and drawings, communicating with clients and subcontractors through email, and logging and storing received and sent documents and drawings in the main company server.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: The jobs I took after graduation are not at all related to Psychology, but Psychology for me is an everyday thing. I worked for a call center company for about 4 years and the things I learned in Psychology are pretty useful in handling customers, be it in sales, troubleshooting issues, or just talking to people in general.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: A few months.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Psychology: In terms of employment opportunities in the Philippines, I wouldn't really recommend BS Psychology. And even if you get a job related to Psychology in the Philippines, the pay is not that rewarding. However, if you can take a masteral degree, then yes, you'll get more opportunities, but the pay is still not that high, unless you can land a job as an HR officer in a high-end company.

In terms of getting a fulfilling or interesting career, it really depends on your preference. Office jobs to me are never fulfilling unless you get to meet or talk to a lot of different people. If you get a job in a mental institution, now that's where the adventure starts. Pay is not fulfilling, but interviewing patients, and being able to help them is just the most satisfying feeling you can get in a career. Well at least for me.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Take Psychology because you want to help yourself and other people in terms of psychological well-being. Before you criticize other people's emotional, and/or mental issues, criticize yourself first, and the things you need to change within yourself.
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C. I.
◈ Studied AB in Psychology (slightly different course)
◈ At University Of The Philippines - Angeles City
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletAbout my college education: My education in UP is both enjoying and challenging at the same time. All subjects, whether major or minor, require extensive efforts for you to pass them. This is a research-oriented university, so I already expected that there were a lot of research works and written reports to be submitted.

The things I learned from my subjects were very interesting for me and it feels like everyday is indeed a learning experience. A Psychology student, in order to be successful, must have the following skills:

1. Writing skills
2. Analytical skills
3. Critical thinking
4. Math and English skills
5. Interpersonal skills

Apart from the mentioned skills, a student of Psychology must be diligent and responsible for him to meet the requirements of this course.

list bulletMy current job: Currently, I am working as a freelance writer. I write articles on different niches and I am also into academic writing (primarily in the field of Psychology). I chose this career while I am waiting for the first Psychometrician Licensure Exam in the Philippines.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, I apply the things I learned in college. Since I write articles on different topics, I was able to make use of the knowledge I gained even from my minor subjects. Aside from the field itself, my professors were able to instill the necessary skills and values that I need to be competent and succeed in my chosen career. My course didn't just teach me WHAT to think, but rather taught me HOW to think (critically and creatively).

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took me less than a month to find a job and start working after graduation.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Psychology: Yes, I would recommend this course to anybody. There are a lot of job opportunities in the Philippines as well as in other countries that require graduates of Psychology.

You can work as:

1. An HR professional
2. A guidance counselor in school
3. A psychometrician
4. A clinical psychologist (although additional units might be requred)

The entry level salary for Psychology graduates ranges from PhP12,000-PhP15,000.
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V. C.
◈ Studied BS in Psychology
◈ At Trinity University Of Asia
◈ Graduated 2017

list bulletWhy did I choose Psychology: Human behavior interests me and further studying it allows me to appreciate why people would act this way and not this way, as it may be due to fact about their genes or how they were brought up.

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned to have interpersonal skills. This department includes a very diverse department which includes foreigners, people with different religious backgrounds all come together.

Expect the subjects who are board examination subjects to be hard but still engaging, these includes Psychological Testing, Abnormal and Clinical Psych, Industrial Psych and Theories of Personality.
There are subjects to which when we failed our midterm or semi-finals we would be given a chance to take a re-test exam which is said to be a bit more difficult than the former.

Those who failed it didn't shifted but persevered more even willing to take up tutorial classes during the semester or in the summer class.

list bulletMy current job: Currently reviewing for the board examination

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Don't take it up because parents or other people recommended you, especially if you have no other choice.
In studying psychology, no matter what school it is, you must have the keen observance of human behavior, not just to others but to you yourself as well. Your goals must be intrinsic, coming from you not from others. Because listening to yourself for once can help you understand yourself and make proper decisions in life in accordance to what you like.
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Z. D.
◈ Studied BS in Psychology major in Clinical Psychology
◈ At St. Paul University
◈ Graduated 2009

list bulletWhy did I choose Psychology major in Clinical Psychology: My mom chose this course for me because she wanted me to take up Medicine after I graduate college but it didn't happen. But I still considered this particular course because I was very curious on how the human mind works.

list bulletAbout my college education: It was difficult for me to understand some of the personality theories since we have to compare each theories and some are just like the same with each other.

I enjoyed most is the Experimental Psychology wherein we can test some theories that other people have tested before and see if it was true.

What I least like is Psychometrics and Neuro Psychology! There were hard for me to understand or I find it unexciting.

One must be enthusiastic in learning new things about the human behavior. A person must have a goal in order to succeed in this course.

list bulletMy current job: I have been a Guidance Counselor before but right now, I am working for a start up company in San Francisco through odesk. I am a Booking Agent/Listing Creator. I book properties for guests and interact with them. Look out for their logical and emotional needs.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Absolutely Yes! Being a Psych graduate has always benefited me. I knew how to interact, counsel other people and a lot more. Understanding other people instead of judging them.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took me 4 months to find a job after graduation. My first job was being an HR Assistant.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Psychology major in Clinical Psychology: Yes, I would really recommend my course to others because they will learn a lot of things about how humans think, behave, understand their emotions and why some people act differently. It is an interesting career since one will have to deal with different people with different personalities.

Salary is just fine but when you love the job and you always prove yourself to your supervisors, then you will probably get promoted. :)

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: The course is REALLY FUN! It's like you're not really studying, you are learning and understanding why people do such things. You should make yourself believe that everything that you are reading, would benefit you and the people around you (which it really is).
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